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Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2018

Published July 3, 2018 by bibliobeth

Hello everyone and welcome to a tag that’s really doing the rounds at the moment – the Mid Year Freak Out Tag which I loved doing last year. Here we go!

1.) The Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

This book has now made it onto my all time favourites shelf and I’m already dying to re-read it which usually doesn’t happen for a few years at least! It broke my heart and made me laugh in equal measure and if I’m ever asked for a recommendation, this is the latest book that I push into the hands of everyone who asks. 

2.) Your Favourite Sequel This Year?

I’ve got a feeling that one of the Marnie Rome books appeared in this spot last year, I’m so predictable haha! For me, this series keeps getting better and better and this book for “favourite sequel” spot was a no-brainer.

3.) A New Release That You Haven’t Read Yet But Really Want To?

Okay, so I was initially put off this book because I heard it was about ice hockey. I’m not a huge fan of reading about sports so thought it wasn’t for me. Then I started to see all the amazing reviews, then I realised it wasn’t just about ice hockey, NOW my fellow bloggers are starting to virtually bash me on the head for not having read it so far. This will happen soon, I promise. Er, this month or next month I mean!! For my interview with Fredrik Backman – please see my post HERE. (shameless plug).

4.) Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

I think I might have already mentioned Melmoth by Sarah Perry in a previous tag but Bridge Of Clay by Markus Zusak is another one I’ve got on pre-order and am really excited for it to be released!

5.) Your Biggest Disappointment?

I was going to choose one of our Banned Books, Blood And Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause for this answer but in the end, I’m going to choose this. Lee Child has so many fans around the world, I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. I don’t know what it was, maybe I came to the series too late but I didn’t get on with it at all. Huge disappointment! Read my review HERE (but please LC fans, don’t come after me with pointy sticks!)

6.) Biggest Surprise Of The Year?

I read this as a buddy read with the lovely Stuart from Always Trust In Books. It was our first buddy read together so I will always have fond memories of it because of that but I honestly wasn’t prepared for how much I enjoyed this. I was completely gripped the whole way through and this is the first YA series that has got right under my skin for a long time now. Check out my review and our Twitter chat HERE.

We recently read a non fiction together, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt so look out for our review on that coming in the next couple of weeks. We are also just about to start on the follow up to Scythe, called Thunderhead and I think I can say for both of us that we are VERY excited!

7.) Favourite New To You Or Debut Author?

This was an easy pick for me. I read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine with my blogger BFF Janel at Keeper Of Pages as our second buddy read and it was also our second five star! Gail Honeyman is new to me and she is also a debut author so that ticks both boxes and I can safely say, whatever she writes next I will be pre-ordering and incredibly excited for.

8.) Your New Fictional Crush?

I have to be honest, I don’t really get fictional crushes but if I had to choose, I’d choose Henry from one of my all time favourite books, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger which I re-read again this year. He’s a little bit mysterious, a little bit dangerous and I love the way he loves Clare. I’m not big on romance but their relationship just captured my heart.

9.) New Favourite Character?

I read the Nightingale with Janel @ Keeper Of Pages for our third buddy read and although my review isn’t up until tomorrow (spoiler alert, I ADORED it!) I had to include it on this tag because I completely fell in love with the character of Isabelle. I’ll talk more about her tomorrow but wow, I don’t think I’ll ever forget her!

10.) A Book That Made You Cry?

It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, I’m not sure why! But when a book does, I will never forget it. I came close to crying with The Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Nightingale, books I’ve already mentioned in this tag but I really teared up during a particular moment of H Is For Hawk, by Helen Macdonald, a non fiction book about grief and falconry where Helen is feeling sad and then plays with her hawk for the first time. It’s really heart-warming and was a passage I read over and over again.

11.) A Book That Made You Happy?

Matilda by Roald Dahl, an old childhood favourite and one Chrissi Reads and I picked for our Kid-Lit challenge this year. I absolutely adore it and it’s always a delight to re-read. 

12.) Your Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year?

Has to be The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood. I love the book (it’s another of my all-time favourites) and I loved the TV series too, I’m currently watching the second one on Channel 4 and it’s so chilling!

13.) Favourite Book Post You’ve Published This Year?

I hate this question as I’m always really insecure about how my blog posts are received. I guess there’s two I’m quite pleased with for very different reasons, Another Day In The Death Of America where I really enjoyed ranting about guns in America and The Time Traveler’s Wife which I’ve already mentioned above where I got into some quite personal details about my own life. 

14.) The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought/Received This Year?

I’m actually on a book buying ban this year (this excludes pre-orders and any books I might receive for my birthday of course!) so I’ve been really good about not buying many. I did get this beautiful Penguin clothbound classic of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott from my boyfriend for my birthday while we were on holiday in Mexico which was a lovely surprise!

15.) What Are Some Books That You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

These are the main two books that my fellow bloggers have been begging me to read soon. And I will, I promise!

So that’s my answers, thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices. Let me know in the comments if you agree with me or tell me what you might choose yourself. Anyone who wants to do this and hasn’t done it yet, consider yourself tagged!

 

The Book Addiction Tag

Published May 26, 2018 by bibliobeth

Hello everything and welcome to something a bit different today here on bibliobeth. One of my bookish goals/resolutions was to do something different at least once every month, for example a tag, so a big thank you to the lovely Stuart at Always Trust In Books for tagging me and I’m looking forward to confessing all my bookish secrets! Please go follow Stuart if you don’t already. He is an awesome reviewer, a great buddy reader and writes such intelligent and thoughtful reviews that I always enjoy reading them.

Here we go!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

I think the longest time I’ve ever gone without reading is two days. At the time, I was reading a book that was only “okay,” and it put me into a bit of a slump where I didn’t look forward to picking it up again. For future reference Beth – just DNF! Ideally, I love to read every day but I do get a bit twitchy if I go for longer than a day without losing myself in a book.

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

Uh-oh. Now I’m in trouble. If I’m reading a “real” book I just carry one at a time unless I’m quite near the end of the book and then I take two. I get incredibly nervous if I finish a book in a day and don’t have anything else to read on my commute home. The idea of not reading on the train (unless I’m not feeling well) is horrifying!

I’ve just checked Amazon for the total amount of books I have on my Kindle and it’s er….quite a lot. Okay, okay, it’s 1856. Shocking, I know. And I don’t think that counts the Netgalley ones which is about 40. Oh and I had a big clear out and deleted about 100 not long ago so it was worse!

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I used to keep every single book, I just love seeing them there all stacked up (rather haphazardly) in my bookshelves. Then I tried moving house with all of them and realised how ridiculous I was being. I heard about something recently that if you want to do a book cull you should look at your books, be honest with yourself and only keep books that bring you joy. Just before we moved away from London, I did exactly that and got rid of about 150 books! I mean, if you’re not going to read them or re-read them what’s the point?

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

If they didn’t have to close and I didn’t have to do life stuff or eat/drink/work I could happily spend days in a bookshop. It also depends who I’m with as well. If I’m with my boyfriend, he gets bored quite quickly and leaves the bookshop to wait for me outside. Even though he tells me to take my time, I still feel a bit guilty and spend maybe fifteen to twenty minutes. If I’m with my sister or another book lover, easily an hour or longer.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I read on my commute to and from work so that would be about an hour and a half. Then on my lunch break for about half an hour whilst the other half hour is spent reading other bloggers posts, re-tweeting them and replying to comments. Then finally, before bed for up to an hour. So… about three hours I think?

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Quite high. If I didn’t have to work it would probably be my only priority haha. My last thought before I leave the house in the morning is: “Is my book in my bag?!”

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Oh dear. This is where I hang my head a little bit for my obvious lack of control. So, 1,896 on Kindle, including Netgalley review copies and then real books – at a conservative estimate it’s probably 900 or a little bit more. That makes 2,796. I have a problem, right?

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Depends on who I’m talking to I guess. If it’s my sister, it’s usually the first thing we talk about after we’ve said “Hi” of course! With my boyfriend it’s maybe once a day, usually encouraging him to read more!

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Just had a look at Goodreads and it was back in 2011 where I re-read The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien which weighs in at 1,216 pages.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think so. I normally manage to get hold of books that I really, really want quite easily. I am quite precious about my Penguin clothbound classics which have all been bought for me as gifts but again, they’re relatively easy to find I think!

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Current read – Blood And Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I’m deliberately not DNF’ing it because it’s part of my Banned Books series with my sister and fellow blogger, Chrissi Reads. I’m very much looking forward to sharing my thoughts on that one though, it would DEFINITELY be DNF’d if it wasn’t for our series. More on that on Monday!

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Put less pressure on myself to blog every day – I struggle with a chronic illness and work full-time so am often in a lot of pain and don’t feel like blogging. I’m apt to beat myself up if I don’t have a post going out every day but I need to stop doing that!

Gradually reduce back list by continuing to do mini pin-it reviews – I’m getting on really well with this goal, I’ve done 20 of these so far which is equivalent to 80 books (4 in each review) and I should hopefully be on top of it by the end of this year or early next year at the latest.

Be better about commenting on other bloggers reviews – I’m also doing well with this. I love getting comments myself and am really enjoying the interaction with other bloggers. It’s a wonderful community and I feel I’m making some real blogger besties which is lovely.

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Yes! My boyfriend, for sure. He never used to be a big reader and he always says that I have converted him into someone who looks forward to reading now which warms the cockles of my heart. He has lost his way a little bit recently but I’m hoping to bring him back to the fold soon. I think he’s getting a bit fed up with my voice whining at him: “Why don’t you READ?!” whenever he goes to bed!!

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Happiness

Home

Passion

Obsession

Life

 

So that’s it! Hope you’ve enjoyed my answers to this book tag. I’d like to tag any blogger that wants to do this and hasn’t done it already. I always feel like I know someone a lot better with tags like this, I hope you feel you know me a little bit better and I’d love to get to know you too.

Lots Of Biblio-Love

BETH

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